The Festival of 2008

This year, the Stockholm Film Festival also attracted a large audience with 125,000 visits. Over 170 films from 40 countries were shown during 11 film-filled days. 90 filmmakers and actors met the audience and talked about their films. 100 of the festival's screenings were completely sold out. This year's ten most watched films were: »Australia«, »Changeling«, »W.« and »The Brothers Bloom«. The world's most talked about author, Roberto Saviano, came to Stockholm to attend the premiere of the film »Gomorrah« by Matteo Garrone, which is based on Roberto Saviano's best-selling book about the Camorra's reign of terror in Naples. Stockholm’s 19th International Film Festival is dedicated to Sydney Pollack and to draw attention to new and interesting actors in Sweden, the Stockholm Film Festival established the Rising Star Award. The Award is given to an actor who has made outstanding achievements in film and who has the potential to become tomorrow's star. In this year's Spotlight: Russia, the festival focuses on Russian film, with eight new, exciting and interesting Russian films.

The Italian author Roberto Saviano is holding an F2F in connection with the screening of »Gomorrah« in 2008. Since he lives under constant threat of death, everything happens under the greatest security measures. He also has a conversation with Salman Rushdie in the Swedish Academy's premises. The meeting between the threatened authors becomes world news.

This year's festival poster 

Winners at Stockholm Film Festival in 2008 

Best Film: ”Frozen River”, Courtney Hunt 
Best Debut: Steve McQueen, ”Hunger” 
Honourable mention, Best Debut: Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire, ”Johnny Mad Dog” 
Best Actress: Zuzana Bydzovska, ”Country Teacher” 
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, ”Hunger” 
Best Script: Erik Hemmendorff and Ruben Östlund, ”Involuntary” 
Best Cinematography: Divis Marek, ”Country Teacher” 
Best Score: Krister Linder, “Downloading Nancy” 
Best Short Film: ”Megatron”, Marian Crisan 
FIPRESCI Award for Best Film: ”Better Things” av Duane Hopkins 
Star! Audience Award: ”De ofrivilliga” av Ruben Östlund 
1 Km Film Grant: ”Kom hit”, Alexanda Dahlström 
Honourable mention: ”De sista sakerna”, Levan Akin 
iFestival: ”Little Things”, Karolina Pajak 
Stockholm Lifetime Achievement Award: Charlotte Rampling 
Stockholm Visionary Award: Wong Kar-Wai  
Rising Star: Malin Crépin 

Picture: Charlotte Rampling By: Sara Shahbazi / Wong Kar-wai

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